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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Patience - my least favorite lesson

Hello everyone!

Well, March has come and gone and we are starting into April. I can't believe how quickly this year has gone!!

If you would have asked me back in January what I would be doing in April, I would have said I would be in my new house, construction almost complete and starting to feel settled. But what am I really doing? Well.... None of those things. And that is because we still have not closed!!

Today was not a good day for me. Tyler and I were fully expecting this to be "the" week and to expect to close at any moment this week. So when Tyler called me at work today (which he only does for special reasons) I just KNEW we were closing! But alas, no such luck. Instead, I receive the delightful news we are not closing for another THREE WEEKS!!!!! Three weeks, people! and that's not even a definite!

I immediately started to cry....

Now, I fully realize that I sounds like a big, whiny, spoiled BRAT crying about how difficult it is to not buy my house the date I wanted to. And for that, I am sorry. But I do think there is a good lesson in here, so bear with me...

Maybe crying was a slight overreaction, but I just had not been expecting this news! I had already got into the mindset to wait and be patient 2 times already. So I knew knew my waiting was over. I mean, God doesn't want to keep us waiting, right? He knows I have a schedule I need to follow, right?!? And He is always accommodating for what I want, right?!? Ermmm.... right?

Silly, Hannah. That would definitely be a big. Fat. NO. I guess I just conveniently forget that sometimes God doesn't always give me what I want. His timing isn't based on mine.

Ouch... that lesson hurts me. I always think of everything based on MY schedule, not HIS.

I was reading some Romans today and this stuck out to me. 'Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.' (Romans 12:2 NIV)

You see, my mind is too much like that of this world. I am selfish. I think about what I want and get frustrated when God doesn't revolve the world around me. I need to change my mindset to be more like Jesus. Unselfish. Humble. Instead of focusing on my inconveniences, how can I use this unplanned circumstance to further His kingdom? After all, His plans are absolutely perfect. Much better than mine...

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Prayer Day 3

Day 3
Pray that your husband will be humble and quick to agree with God about his sin. Pray that his heart will be tender toward the voice of the Lord. (Ps. 51:2-4; Micah 6:8)

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Prayers Day 2

Day 2
Pray that your husband’s relationship with God and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that he will be a man of wisdom and understanding, fearing the Lord. (Prov. 3:7, 9:10; Ps. 112:1)

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

31 Day Challenge

Lately I have been strongly and fiercely reminded of the importance of putting your marriage and your (your spouse and yourself's) relationship with God as THE number one priority in your life. Don't get me wrong, Tyler and I have had a pretty awesome marriage over the past 2+ years, but if I am being honest, there have already been times when we have stopped making as much of an effort. I like to call this the comfy phase of marriage. :)

Now, you trust that I love me some comfy. But I totally see how a constant state of comfy within a marriage can lead to more destructive things.

God has really laid it on my heart (and Tyler's) to put each other and our personal & joint relationship with Christ as nĂºmero UNO.

Now, God being awesome as He pretty much always is, led me to something that I can't help but believe is His not-so-subtle way of telling me I should pay attention.

I stumbled across an article today from a friend's blog about the importance of praying for our spouse. Amber pretty much sums my thoughts up perfectly so I just encourage you to read her post.

Day 1
Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and consider his accountability before the Lord. Pray that he will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines--reading and studying the Word, prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, worship, etc.

Here's the link to the article.

Who wants to join me in this for the month of March??

(Also, as a random side note: Tyler's birthday is in March. Ok, I get it God! :)

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

BIG NEWS... and it's not a baby :)

Wow.... it has sadly been over a YEAR since I have blogged! I canNOT believe that! So many new things going on since then... but I'm not going to get into that right now. Today's post is dedicated to our newest exciting news.... Tyler and I are buying a HOUSE!

We are so incredibly excited! We are definitely jumping in with both feet with this house - it's a major fixer upper. But on the positive side, we know we can live in this house for a very long time.

I was able to get some pictures of the house to share with family and friends and wanted to post them on here rather than FB. I can almost hear your gasps and sighs as you look through these pics, because I know you will be thinking "Tyler and Hannah have LOST. THEIR. MARBLES." haha. But I promise you, this house is really special and has TREMENDOUS potential. I know that with a little, *ahem, ok I mean an absolutely insane* amount of elbow grease, we will be able to get this house looking exactly how we want it to. 

So, without further adieu, here we go.....
Please be warned there a LOT of pictures!

This is the kitchen, window looking out the front. There is a door to the carport that you can't see on the right wall. There is a door to the living/dining room on the left. We plan on leaving the stainless steel counters and painting the cabinets white. 

This is the back of the kitchen, looking out to the backyard. Door on the left is to the carport. The living/dining room is on the right.

This is the chicken/goose/pheasant tile motif above the stove. And yes, it's staying! haha I absolutely LOVE it and will definitely incorporate into my kitchen decor. :)

This one is hard to see, but it's Tyler and our realtor in the living room. This was taken from the kitchen door. You can barely make out the fireplace on the right (which is the front of the house). 

Here is the fireplace, which we absolutely LOVE! It is ginormous and will be so cozy in the winter :)

Here is the fireplace and the "dining room" corner. The living and dining room are really just one big open room. I am standing at the back of the house, where the entire back wall is made up of windows.

I'm standing in front of the fireplace, looking in the kitchen. You see the dining area "chandelier," (which is super tacky and needs to be changed) and you get a glimpse of the back wall of windows. 

Back wall of windows. It was night so you can't see the beautiful view of the backyard. In the winter, we can even see the river!

The entry door is on the right. Dad is going down the hallway to the bedrooms. 

Hallway to bedrooms from entrance. 

Guest bedroom. Windows looking out back of house. 

Guest bedroom, front of room. You can see the door leading to the hallway, with windows looking out the front of the house. 

Guest bath at the end of the hall. 

Guest bath

Guest bath.

Venice motif in guest bath. haha! Sadly, I think this may have to stay for a while (the tile's in good shape, so we will worry about that when we need to.)

Going into the master, windows looking out the backyard. 

Master bedroom. Bathroom door is to the right.

Master closets, no, nothing fancy. 

Master bath.

Master bath. Lovely, isn't it? :)

 Stairs going down to the basement. You see these doors when you open the front door of the house. 

Closet at the bottom of the stair. Door to backyard on right.

Downstairs living room, standing at the bottom of the staircase. 

Downstairs living room, windows looking out backyard. The door at the end of the room leads to the laundry room. 

Dad in the laundry room.

Laundry room, window looking out to backyard. Door on the right goes to backyard, door on the left leads to the "murder room." Oh, you'll see....

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the "murder room" (this is my special name for it)....

This will be great for storage, but you better believe I won't be heading in here by myself just for fun. So scary!! haha

This is on the other side of the downstairs. Hallway leading to the bath and two bedrooms.


Bedroom. Looks terrible because of the concrete floors and terrible paint job, but nothing a little TLC can't fix. 

 Other downstairs bedroom. 

So now, you have seen pretty much everything and are probably thinking we are totally crazy. That's ok, sometimes I think we are too. :)

So needless to say the next few months will be extremely busy! I also plan on updating the blog a lot more with updates and before & after pics. I think it will be really fun to see how much progress we make over time.

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